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'Romantically Challenged' debuts to decent ratings

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An enviable berth behind ratings powerhouse Dancing with the Stars gave ABC’s new Romantically Challenged a much-needed boost, but the Alyssa Milano comedy still couldn’t beat a repeat of CBS’ Big Bang Theory. The ABC show averaged 11.56 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 — not enough to outrank Bang, which averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 4.0/10 in the demo.

ABC was still up in the time slot versus last year (17 percent in viewers, 29 percent in 18-49), when it aired Surviving Suburbia. Romantically Challenged also beat the final half-hour of Fox’s 24 by 2.6 million viewers and by 11 percent among adults 18-49.

Romantically Challenged follows four 30-something friends and also stars Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week). It was created by Ricky Blitt (Family Guy) and executive produced by Blitt and James Burrows.

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